August 29, 1932 - May 5, 2022
Gordy Bigalke, 89, of Essexville, our kind, caring, loving, and most generous husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend was born into eternal life on the afternoon of Thursday, May 5, 2022 at his residence, after a courageous battle with cancer. Gordy was born in Mauston, Wisconsin on August 29, 1932, the son of the late William and Lucy (Cure) Bigalke. He was a graduate of New Lisbon High School and went on to proudly serve as a Medical Specialist in the U.S. Army, stationed in Japan at the end of the Korean War. Gordy later continued his studies at the University of Wisconsin in Stevens Point, earning his bachelor’s degree in education, along with earning Master’s degrees from Central Michigan University and Duke University. Through friends, Gordy met the former Judith Mary Rybicki. They dated, fell in love, and were united in marriage on October 14, 1961 in Rudolph, Wisconsin. Their 60 years were blessed with three children and countless memories. Gordy and Judy made their way to Essexville when Garber High School was being created and teachers were being recruited. Gordy retired from Garber, where he was a high school biology teacher, a radio announcer, a band director, and active thespian. Gordy was very involved with Bay City Players and enjoyed performing with “The Recyclables.” A faithful Catholic, he was a devoted parishioner of All Saints Parish (Church of St. Boniface), where he was active on the parish council. Gordy’s hobbies included gardening, watching many sports (with his favorite being the Green Bay Packers and Detroit Red Wings), daily walking, keeping up with current events, and frequenting Big Boy. Gordy will be deeply missed, yet lovingly remembered for years to come. To carry on his legacy, Gordy leaves his faithful wife, Judy Bigalke; children, Joel (Dreama) Bigalke and Wendy (Tom) Banaszak; bonus son, Jerry (Jennifer) Walraven; grandchildren, Evan (Missy) Bigalke, Wesley (Becca) Bigalke, Johnathan, Allison, Emma, Elly, Patrick, and Kylie Bigalke, Louis (Rebecca) Banaszak, Eliot, Theodore, Samuel, and Isaac Banaszak; and Josephine (Derek) Swank; bonus granddaughter, Greta Walraven; siblings, Albert Bigalke of New Lisbon, WI, Sue Brzoska of New Lisbon, WI, and Sally (Jerry) Hable of St. Francis, MN; sister-in-law, Melody Bigalke, along with many nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Gordy was preceded in death by his daughter, Luana Bigalke; brother, Gale Bigalke, and sister, Marion (Edwin) Georgeson. Gordy’s family will be present to receive visitors on Thursday, May 12, 2022 from 4:00 PM until 8:00 PM with a 7:00 PM Vigil at Skorupski Family Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 821 N. Pine Rd., between Ridge & Center. On Friday, May 13, 2022, Gordy will be taken to All Saints Parish (Church of St. Boniface), 510 N. Lincoln St., Bay City, where visiting will continue from 10:00 AM until Gordy’s 11:00 AM Memorial Liturgy. Fr. Jose Maria Cabrera will preside with the Rite of Committal to be held privately in Wisconsin. Memorial contributions may be directed to All Saints Parish or Bay City Players. Expressions of sympathy may be shared with the family online at www.skorupskis.com.
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